Keremeos Search and Rescue are looking for new members. Flat ice training is sched- uled to take place sometime in January for the group.

Search and rescue finds opportunity

Keremeos Search and Rescue holding strong with eight members. Busy year ahead.

  • Dec. 16, 2016 11:00 a.m.

They’re still searching for new members.

The Keremeos and Area Search and Rescue

roster is currently sitting at eight members but

president Darrell Taylor said he’d love it if there

was three times that many.

“We’ve been holding at eight members for quite

awhile. More members would be good,” he said.

Despite the low number of members the group

has become increasingly active in the community

over the past year.

The group held a successful Family Day event

in 2016. The first of its kind in Keremeos.

“We’re planning on doing it again this year,”

Taylor said. “It was a lot of fun and it gave

families something to do.”

Recently members have committed to super

vising the climbing wall at the Similkameen

Recreation Centre on Friday nights.

“We want the kids to have something to do,”

he said.

Taylor acknowledges SAR doesn’t get called

out to many incidents in a year but when they

are called out it’s because they are really needed.

This month they were called to a report of a

vehicle that had run off the road.

On arrival it was found that fortunately no

vehicle had left the roadway.

“It turned out to be a false alarm. We were

called out to check it out, so we did,” he said.

Search and rescue meets every Wednesday at

7 p.m. at the SAR building behind the village

office.

This time of year training is focused on a lot

of proficiency skills like map reading and using

compasses.

In January the group will undertake flat ice

training with a special instructor.

Last year SAR received provincial funding in

the amount of $25,000 to help upgrade equip-

ment including ropes and GPS devices and send

several members through training courses in-

cluding first aid and tracking.

“This is a great way to help give back to the

community. It doesn’t cost members anything

and it’s a great way to give back,” he said.

Anyone interested in joining SAR can do so

by stopping in at the hall on Wednesdays at 7

p.m. and picking up an application form.

“Merry Christmas from everyone at search

and rescue,” Taylor said

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